The Equalizer

Series Summary
Robert McCall is a retired secret agent. Having become disillusioned by all the rigamarole that comes with secret agenting, McCall starts to look out for the little guy. Calling himself "The Equalizer," McCall puts ads in the paper marketing to desperate people in desperate situations. McCall usually takes these cases for little or no money (he lives in a posh Manhattan apartment). Acting as both bodyguard and investigator, sometimes using his government resources, McCall usually manages to save the day.

Air Dates: 1985 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: CBS

  • Season 4, Ep. 22 : Suicide SquadAug 24, 1989

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    A high schooler fears her brother, dropped from the football team for injuries and poor grades, will turn to drug dealing.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : Mama's BoyNov 13, 1985

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    A mother asks McCall to extricate her son (Adam Horovitz) from the world of drug smuggling; guest Billy Wirth.

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : The Distant FireNov 6, 1985

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    An assassin seeks McCall's backing in an attack on a political figure (George Morfogen) and his wife (Alberta Watson).

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : The Children's SongOct 30, 1985

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    McCall and Scott head out for a weekend in the country, but wind up helping an assault victim (Dana Baron).

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : Confirmation DayOct 23, 1985

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    McCall helps a man who unknowingly delivered a shipment of contraband for a friend with mob connections.

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  • The Equalizer...recites the Vigilante Creed with effective fervor. And Mr. Woodward, the always accomplished actor whose more recent credits include "A Christmas Carol" on television and the title role in the Australian film "Breaker Morant," is so good that he makes the entire questionable enterprise seem almost reasonable. Show More

  • The evening's funniest show on CBS, though, is a drama, The Equalizer. [18 Sept 1985, p.6] Show More

  • But I think the biggest reason is that I like its star, the British actor Woodward, who is an older man, 55, a veteran actor of 40 years, and not just another pretty young face on a vacuous head. He gives this show the same touch of class that another British export, Patrick Macnee, used to give The Avengers. [18 Sept 1985, p.3] Show More

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